Cheating by looking
- Not to imply that cheating is a big problem or anything, but since
we're talking about it, I don't think anyone has mentioned the perhaps
most practical and serious form.
Since ever competitor gets the same mix, I can look at those solving
before me and study the position for much longer than 15 seconds. Well,
personally I can't do much with it, but with blindfolders being able to
memorize the entire cube in around a minute, I have to think others
could. And even I could take a few pictures with a digital camera and
reconstruct the entire position in a few minutes.
One way to fix that would be to not let competitors see previous
attempt in the same round, as was done in Budapest 1982, but that makes
it a lot less fun and requires more organizing resources. And to stop
cooperating competitors you'd have to take away people's cell phones.
The rounds go by pretty quickly in the Caltech tournaments, and that
does minimize the risk, but the only real way to remove this problem
seems to be to have a unique random mix for each individual solve. That
would take away a bit of the fun, but I don''t think that would make
the competitions any less fair.
PS. I *really* like the two plane version of the rubik timer that
several people suggested. It's much simpler than my suggestion, and
solves both the U problem and the 2 second problem.
On Feb 26, 2005, at 9:45, Ron van Bruchem wrote:
> Hi friends,
> I would like to add to this discussion that already in Toronto, people
> tell which color they wanted to use.
> Since the first round took a looong time (there was even a break of one
> night!), people heard from other competitors whether cube x had a tough
> cross when using your normal color.